Like the mythical bird that rose from the ashes, Phoenix based Prehab enjoys a story of resurrection all its own. The Arizona foursome spent the mid 1990's playing as the Bedspins along Tempe,Arizona's Mill Ave, and the Southwest. For almost five years between 1993 and 1998, the band logged more than 500 live shows preforming energizing sets of mostly original songs.
The Bedspins became a songwriting machine working under producer Andy Barrett of Gin Blossoms and Stevie Nicks fame. They almost never played the same set twice because they were always adding new songs, sometimes on a per-gig basis.
Some show highlights from that period include playing a taco stand in Benson, Cricket Pavilion w/ Def Leppard (side stage), and Celebrity Theatre with Violent Femmes and Bloodhound Gang. In 1998, after five years of pounding the pavement, they decided to take a sabbatical exploring other interests.
In 2007 two dramatic events occurred to pull the former band-mates back together. First, a close childhood friend of the band, drummer Brent Steffey, died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 36 years old. The funeral was the first time in many years that all the band-mates were in the same room together. Seeing each other again brought back miles of memories, and they all parted ways promising to stay in touch.
The second event occurred with a band member losing his battle with prescription drug addiction. He landed in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre Antigua. Though-out his process on the path to sobriety he re-discovered his love for Music. This inspired him to pull vocalist Chris Kay out of hiding, and they started to assemble songs with the goal of landing a publishing deal. What started as a song catalog project, soon evolved into the reunion and a band that everyone was proud to be a part of: Prehab
This initial spark ignited the recording of One Is Too Many (A Thousand Is Never Enough). Released by Aahshaw records in January 09, the record was well-received and reviewed locally landing the band gigs and drawing enthusiastic crowds. Soon the band was back rehearsing and writing new material. After a short time there were 10 new songs and the search for an experienced producer began.
Many names were considered and soon it was obvious that John Hampton was the perfect man for the job. John has had an amazing career racking up several Grammys and participating in numerous Platinum and Gold records. Having recorded bands like The White Stripes, The Replacements, and Gin Blossoms it was a great honor that he decided to work with the band. The band flew to Memphis to record with John at the legendary Ardent Studios. The hallowed halls of Ardent have hosted thousands of artists ranging from BB King to ZZ Top. The vibe and history at Ardent inspired the band to track 10 songs in just 4 days.
After arriving back in Phoenix Prehab began working on the mixes with HB Abels who was instrumental in engineering and recording the first Prehab release. After months of additional recording and mixing, the band was honored to have multiple Grammy winner Adam Ayan ( Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Counting Crows, Rush, NIN, Keith Urban) master the record at Gateway sound. The result of everyone’s collective efforts is the new Aahshaw records EP “ I Haven’t Been Completely Honest” due in March 2013
As Prehab begins 2013 the band looks forward to playing more shows, and to getting the music out to as many people as possible. There is much to do, many new songs to write and record, and many new friends to make along the way.
Individuals making up the band:
Chris Kay: Vocals, Songwriter, Guitar, Keyboards
Jason Kay: Lead Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
Chris Cantu: Bass, Songwriter
Jeff Bourne: Drums, Songwriter
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